Lauren and Mimi’s Beautiful Same-Sex Mountain Wedding
This is day two of my whirlwind weekend with fellow wedding photojournalist Kent Meiries (take a look at day one here). But this time we got to photograph a beautiful same-sex mountain wedding in Edwards. Lauren and Mimi are such a fun couple and their Jewish faith was front and center during this warm, late summer Mountain Wedding.
What a beautiful day we had to celebrate their day. The crisp mountain air gave way to a warm afternoon that provided the perfect atmosphere for their union. From the signing of the Ketuba, the traditional marriage document, to the ceremony under the chuppah, the ceremony was steeped in faith and tradition. ...
January 26, 2016
Hip Urban Wedding – the Studios at Overland Crossing Denver
I had the good fortune of working with fellow photographer Hardy Klahold for Carly and Drew's beautiful urban Denver wedding at the Studios at Overland Crossing. We have a big network of friends that do what we do and, occasionally, Eric and I like to shoot with other photographers.
It always feels strange shooting with someone other than Eric (at one point I texted him that I felt like I was cheating on him). We've shot together for so long, I kind of take what he contributes for granted. We have a way of communicating without words that can't be duplicated if you don't know the other photographer. That being said, working with Hardy ...
January 20, 2016
Favorite Wedding Photos of 2015: Part 2
In my newspaper days I never liked doing "best of's". I always preferred to look forward not back at the year. Since Chris and I started our wedding photography business my feelings on it have changed. It is great to look back and see how far we've come over the year and even from the very beginning. These photos also bring a lot of joy. I love seeing happy people and it brings a bit of warmth to think back on couples reactions to our photos. Now it is my turn to pick my favorite wedding photos of 2015, the Chris Stark edition...
Ok, so this is not a typical wedding photo (above), but it is probably my favorite photo that Chris shot all ye ...
January 8, 2016
Favorite Wedding Photos of 2015: Part 1
One of the most painful and best parts of being a photographer is forcing yourself to look back from time to time to get a sense of where you are as a photographer; to see how far you've come and to get better at what you do. Even though the New Year is really an arbitrary mark in time, we usually take advantage of this moment to reflect on the past season's work and reset for another busy year. This year Eric and I decided to switch things up a bit in our year end wrap up. I've taken a look at his work and selected 10 of my favorite wedding photos of 2015 and he'll do the same.
Starting off, Eric made a great photo of Nicole and Asher w ...
January 5, 2016
My Engagement… From My Wife’s Perspective
So I'm blushing already! My wife Khalana had a great idea. She wanted to share her engagement experience with everybody out there. She accuses Chris and I of always being guys and what can we say she's right. But her point is that Stark Bellamy needs a feminine touch occasionally and what can I say, she's right (see how said "she's right" twice already? I learned to say that after 10 years of marriage)! So without further maleness... Here's her memory of when I proposed to her:
StarkBellamy wife here... You may not be able to tell by Eric Bellamy's cool exterior, but he's actually a bit of a romantic. Our 10 year anniversary is coming up in ...
December 9, 2015
One Wedding, Two Photographers-Here’s Why
Ever wonder why there are two photographers at a wedding? Why do even one photographer businesses hire a "2nd shooter" for most weddings? Its because there is way too much happening at one time for one photographer to get it all. But there are other more important reasons...
You simply can't be in two places at once! How can one photographer get the bride and groom getting ready at the same time in separate locations? He/she can't so either the groom gets neglected or there needs to be another photographer. And, that's just before the wedding, what about the ceremony and reception?
During the ceremony there are multiple things going on ...
October 28, 2015
Rain or Shine- How to Prepare for a Rainy Wedding Day
Planning a summer wedding in Colorado? If you are, take a look at Brittany and Nick's rainy wedding, these two are proof that you can plan everything perfectly, have mother nature throw you a curve ball and still hit it out of the park with your wedding! You just have to accept that Colorado weather truly can change in 5 minutes and be ready for it.
Summer weddings in Colorado are always a bit of a gamble. The weather here is quite gorgeous most of the time, unless of course you plan to have your wedding ceremony between 2:00 and 7:00PM and any day between May and August. If you are from the mile high state then you know that there is a be ...
October 23, 2015
Vail Pop Up Wedding in the Dark
Leslie and Brian were looking for a photographer that wouldn’t get too involved. They wanted a someone who would just stand back and capture the moments at their Vail pop up wedding. We were a perfect fit.
Leslie and Brian bucked the traditional trends and designed a wedding to fit the two of them. The idea was simple. Invite all your friends and family to Vail for the weekend and at one point the couple would text out the location of their ceremony to the guests. We knew the time and location of the wedding - behind the Vail Public Library at 8 pm - but the guests would have to wait for the text. The idea was simple but at 8 pm in Vail ...
October 15, 2015
Kathryn and David’s Mount Vernon Country Club Wedding
David and Kathryn’s wedding stretched from the busyness of the Denver to the tranquil setting that is Mount Vernon Country Club just outside of Golden, CO.
David and his groomsmen got ready at the Downtown Hyatt where they played dice and had a few cocktails before getting ready for portraits near Buffalo Bill’s Grave on Lookout Mountain high above Golden. David had a relatively large crew - 6 including his friend who doubled as the officiant - so I knew it would be a bit of a challenge to wrangle them into a good portrait. But these guys surprised me. They did their share of goofing off but they were all game for doing whatever it too ...
October 8, 2015
Caitlin and Larson Heartwarming Brookside Gardens Wedding
We knew we would have fun at Caitlin and Larson’s wedding after shooting their engagement photos earlier in the year, but we weren't quite prepared for the heartwarming day that they had planned.
The stage was set for their Brookside Gardens wedding in Berthoud, CO. The venue bursts with color and the new arbor is a beautiful backdrop for any wedding, but the couple made it as much a part of their wedding day as if they were at their own home. Caitlin’s dress had hearts sewn into it made from the flannel of her grandfather's shirt and Larson wore a belt that was part of his grandfather's baseball uniform. The belt had broken a year bef ...
September 28, 2015